Howard House – Veteran’s Housing

Location:
Brockton, MA
Size:
13,300 SF
Project Type:
Adaptive Reuse
Services:
Preconstruction; Construction Management
Architect:
The Architectural Team (TAT)

The Howard House was originally constructed in 1924 as a home for aged men and today was adaptively re-used to provide permanent supportive housing for area veterans. The project was made possible by a VA initiative to end homelessness among veterans that allows the private sector to repurpose certain surplus VA assets. Windover, Peabody Properties and Affordable Housing and Services Collaborative, Inc. joined forces in the development of the Howard House. In fact, this is the fourth such project that Windover and Peabody Properties have worked on together to help the homeless veteran population. Like their other projects, the intent of this property is to provide a permanent housing option with extensive support services to increase self-sufficiency and well-being of area veterans.

The 13,300 square-foot facility features 14 furnished efficiency apartments along with common areas for residents upon completion. The renovations were performed in compliance with the National Parks Service and certain features of the original Georgian Revival style building were preserved, such as the exterior brick, selected interior trim, doors and fireplace mantel. In addition to mitigating the challenges that working within a historic structure present, all construction occurred adjacent to the active Brockton Campus of the VA Boston. Windover coordinated with the hospital and carefully managed all site activity to ensure a seamless and safe construction process.

Photography courtesy of The Architectural Team (TAT)